History Literature / TheThirteenthTale

3rd Jun '16 8:03:23 AM Orbiting
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->"All children mythologize their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to know someone? Heart, mind and soul? Ask him to tell you about when he was born. What you get won't be the truth: it will be a story. And nothing is more telling than a story."

->-Vida Winter

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->"All ->''"All children mythologize their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to know someone? Heart, mind and soul? Ask him to tell you about when he was born. What you get won't be the truth: it will be a story. And nothing is more telling than a story."

->-Vida Winter
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-->-- '''Vida Winter'''



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'''This !!This novel contains:'''
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19th May '16 5:49:40 PM Jayalaw
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* CreatorsBreakdown: In-universe, this is why Vida never [[spoiler:finished or published her thirteenth tale; it was a retelling of her birth and abandonment, which ended with a toddler left at the estate of her mother's rapist.]]

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* CreatorsBreakdown: CreatorBreakdown: In-universe, this is why Vida never [[spoiler:finished or published her thirteenth tale; it was a retelling of her birth and abandonment, which ended with a toddler left at the estate of her mother's rapist.]]
19th May '16 5:48:58 PM Jayalaw
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* CreatorsBreakdown: In-universe, this is why Vida never [[spoiler:finished or published her thirteenth tale; it was a retelling of her birth and abandonment, which ended with a toddler left at the estate of her mother's rapist.]]



* DarkSecret: [[spoiler: The Missus and John-the-dig can't let anyone know there is a third girl in Angelfield, or else Charlie's rapes and incest will become open public knowledge.]]

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* DarkSecret: [[spoiler: The Missus and John-the-dig can't let anyone know there is a third girl in Angelfield, or else Charlie's rapes and incest will become open public knowledge.knowledge, and Vida points out that she would have no right to stay.]]



* DontSplitUsUp: Adeline and Emmeline react very badly to being separated. [[spoiler: Vida helps Emmeline through this, though. Vida later has this with Emmeline.]]
* DoorstopBaby: [[spoiler: Aurelius Love.]] And [[spoiler: Vida Winter.]]

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* DontSplitUsUp: DontSplitUsUp:
** Charlie didn't react well to the doctor sending Isabelle to the asylum, so much that when [[spoiler:they find Charles has gone, and Vida finds his body, John-the-dig vows to tell no one because the doctor could send the Missus away just as easily.]]
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Adeline and Emmeline react very badly to being separated. separated. [[spoiler: Vida helps Emmeline through this, though. Vida later has this with Emmeline.]]
* DoorstopBaby: [[spoiler: Aurelius Love.Love, which Vida did to save his life.]] And [[spoiler: Vida Winter.]]



* TheEndingChangesEverything

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* TheEndingChangesEverythingTheEndingChangesEverything: The EurekaMoment that Margaret gets after hearing that [[spoiler:bones were found at Angelfield]]: Vida is [[spoiler:neither Adeline nor Emmeline, but a third girl-child, Charlie's daughter born out of wedlock, whom the Missus and John took in. She left Aurelius on Mrs. Love's doorstep after Adeline tried to kill Aurelius as a baby, for his safety.]]



* FrameUp: It's implied that [[spoiler:Adeline or Vida hit the doctor's wife with a violin, knocking her out, and Adeline's mother Isabelle took the fall by virtue of being in the house at the time and dressed in white.]]



* {{Grimmification}}: In-universe, Vida's thirteen tales are dark fairy tale rewrites, the last being [[spoiler:of Cinderella getting raped and impregnated, never marrying her prince, and eventually abandoning her child to be raised by him.]]



* InTheBlood: Madness seems to be a family trait. George, Charlie, Isabelle, and the twins are all off.

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* InTheBlood: Madness seems to be a family trait. George, Charlie, Isabelle, and the twins are all off. [[spoiler:Vida is the OnlySaneMan as Charlie's daughter and even she has instances of it.]]



* KidsAreCruel: Emmeline and Adeline have zero empathy for other people and casually destroy things and endanger infants.

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* KidsAreCruel: Emmeline and Adeline have zero empathy for other people and casually destroy things and endanger infants. [[spoiler:Averted with Vida, who causes no harm while in the house apart from GreenEyedMonster moments.]]



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: John-the-dig appears to have fallen from his ladder. [[spoiler: Adeline pushed him.]]

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: John-the-dig appears to have fallen from his ladder. [[spoiler: Adeline pushed him.fiddled with the safety catch.]]



* MeaningfulName: Both Vida and Winter point to a theme of emptiness and death.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulRename: Both Vida and Winter point to a theme of emptiness and death.death, though Vida means "life" in Spanish. [[spoiler:Vida admits she doesn't know what her real name is when Margaret realizes that Vida isn't Adeline.]]



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Downplayed with Dr. Mordesley, who immediately sent off Isabelle to the asylum for ostensibly attacking his wife (which is understandable if an abrupt course of action). With Hester they concocted an experiment to rehabilitate the twins by separating them, without paying mind to the twins' mutual HeroicBSOD. [[spoiler:Vida subtly chews him out for this later when she has to go to him for help after John-the-dig's death.]]
* OccamsRazor: Subverted; no one except [[spoiler:Margaret]] comes to the simple conclusion after Hester thinks she's seen one of the girls running around when they're both locked up: that [[spoiler:Angelfield has three girls instead of two]]. Hester instead thinks she's going mad.



* OnlySaneMan: John-the-dig, especially considering that Missus becomes blind and raving as time goes by. In Margaret's story, Dr. Clifton qualifies.

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* OnlySaneMan: John-the-dig, OnlySaneMan:
** John-the-dig and [[spoiler:Vida as a girl-child]],
especially considering that Missus becomes blind and raving as time goes by. In Margaret's story, Dr. Clifton qualifies.
** Hester presents herself as one in her diary, but this could be conflated arrogance due to her intellect.



* ParentalAbandonment: Aurelius was left on a doorstep as a baby.

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* ParentalAbandonment: ParentalAbandonment:
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Aurelius was left on a doorstep as a baby.



** Vida writes about this in [[spoiler:her "thirteenth tale," about Cinderella leaving her daughter at the estate of her rapist.]]



* ParentalSubstitute: The twins [[spoiler: and Vida]] were raised by the Missus and John-the-dig.

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* ParentalSubstitute: The twins [[spoiler: and Vida]] were raised by the Missus and John-the-dig. John-the-dig vows to be this when [[spoiler:Charlie goes missing, and he starts to teach Vida how to care for the garden.]]



* ProperlyParanoid: John-the-dig about Hester and her approach to running the house.



* TheReveal: An epic one, via an EurekaMoment on Margaret's part; specifically, [[spoiler:that there were three little girls at Angelfield and Vida Winter isn't exactly the ''real'' Adeline March.]]

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* TheReveal: An epic one, via an EurekaMoment on Margaret's part; specifically, [[spoiler:that there were three little girls at Angelfield and Vida Winter isn't exactly the ''real'' Adeline March.]]]]
* SamusIsAGirl: When John-the-dig and Missus rescued [[spoiler:the then-nameless Vida, they mistook her for a boy because she was wearing trousers, a hat, and many layers of dirt. After bathing her, they realized the child was a girl, and Charlie's.]]



* SuspiciouslySpecificTense: More Suspiciously Specific Pronoun when Vida starts saying I instead of referring to Adeline in the third person. [[spoiler: As it turns out, this is a clue that she and Adeline are different people.]]

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* SuspiciouslySpecificTense: More Suspiciously Specific Pronoun when Vida starts saying I instead of referring to Adeline in the third person. [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is a clue that she and Adeline are different people.]]



* TooCleverByHalf: Hester. A governess with medical and psychological knowledge wanting to "save" two mentally-stunted twin girls by engaging in a controversial experiment . . . and she doesn't think through the emotional consequences of such an experiment, or the mundane possibilities after seeing one out of the house.



* UnreliableNarrator: Both in and out of universe. Vida has a reputation for lying to people about her life story, so much so that Margaret refuses to work on this project without independently verifiable sources. Also, certain details of Vida's story raise questions for the reader [[spoiler: such as whether it was Emmeline or Adeline she saved]].

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* TwinSwitch: Averted; [[spoiler:even if Vida were Adeline and Emmeline's half-sister through Charlie, assuming they all shared the same father, she was certainly not a twin. Even so, she was able to pose as either of them at various times, namely as Adeline by acting a bit wilder.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: Both in and out of universe. Vida has a reputation for lying to people about her life story, so much so that Margaret refuses to work on this project without independently verifiable sources. Also, certain details of Vida's story raise questions for the reader [[spoiler: such [[spoiler:such as whether it was Emmeline or Adeline she saved]].



* WhatTheHellHero: As children, Adeline and her twin Emmeline completely destroy John-the-dig's garden, leaving him heartbroken. The Missus too doesn't understand, and demands the girls explain why they did it. [[spoiler: As it turns out, Vida had nothing to do with this and in fact helps John restore the garden.]]

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* WhatTheHellHero: WhatTheHellHero:
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As children, Adeline and her twin Emmeline completely destroy John-the-dig's garden, leaving him heartbroken. The Missus too doesn't understand, and demands the girls explain why they did it. [[spoiler: As it turns out, Vida had nothing to do with this and in fact helps John restore the garden.]]
** Margaret to Vida for [[spoiler:abandoning Aurelius, even though Vida knows that it's like to be abandoned.
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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Adeline is so jealous of Emmeline's baby that she's almost certainly going to kill him if they're kept in the same house.]]

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* WouldHurtAChild: WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Margaret writes one: [[spoiler:Hester moved to America, where the doctor found and married her after becoming a widow; Aurelius has reunited with his sister and her family, and she has decided to go on a holiday with Dr. Clifton]].
* WouldHurtAChild:
** Hester and the doctor do psychological damage to the twins that isn't easily undone by separating them.
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[[spoiler: Adeline is so jealous of Emmeline's baby that she's almost certainly going to kill him if they're kept in the same house.]]
19th May '14 4:09:34 PM Oecchi
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* CreepyTwins: Adeline and Emmeline.

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* CreepyTwins: Adeline and Emmeline.Emmeline, due to ParentalNeglect.



* ReclusiveArtist: Vida Winter, very much so. She never allows anyone into her home, and whenever she speaks to reporters, she concocts elaborate lies about her childhood. No one knows anything about her, despite her outselling every book except for the Bible.

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* ReclusiveArtist: Vida Winter, Winter is very much so.an InUniverse example. She never allows anyone into her home, and whenever she speaks to reporters, she concocts elaborate lies about her childhood. No one knows anything about her, despite her outselling every book except for the Bible.
9th Feb '14 4:38:27 PM aishwarya
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* LoveTriangle: [[spoiler: Dr. Maudsley leaves his wife for Hester Barrow.]]

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* LoveTriangle: [[spoiler: Dr. Maudsley leaves his wife for falls in love with Hester Barrow.Barrow while he is still married. He later joins her in America after his wife's death.]]
30th Jul '13 1:41:03 PM Umi
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* StrongFamilyResemblance: The Angelfields' children share red hair and green eyes.


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* UncannyFamilyResemblance: The Angelfields' children share red hair and green eyes.
4th Apr '13 6:18:54 AM Austin
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* WhamLine: Once upon a time there were two baby girls... [[spoiler: Or, alternatively: once upon a time there were ''three''.]]
26th Feb '13 4:22:46 PM Maryhasthebluerose
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Through Margaret, the raeder learns that Vida is one of the most acclaimed writers in history, she never tells the truth about her own past, and her house is dead silent. Then we meet the woman and in the first conversation:
-->'''Vida Winter:''' Don't be so polite. If there's one thing I can't abide, it's politeness.
4th Feb '13 7:58:21 PM himapapaftw
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* SwitchingPOV: The retelling of Hester's time at Angelfield via her diary.
4th Feb '13 7:36:52 PM himapapaftw
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* HollywoodHomely: Hester is repeatedly stated to look like "a potato".
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